STOKE CITY are likely to welcome back American international Geoff Cameron for their Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Cameron was rested for the FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester City at the weekend after suffering a tight hamstring, but is expected to return to face Wigan.
With City playing their second game in the space of three days, the availability of the summer-signing from Houston Dynamo could be one of a number of changes.
“I thought it was a good time to give Geoff a rest on Saturday,” revealed manager Tony Pulis.
“He’s been complaining about one or two muscle problems which is probably down to the fact that he isn’t used to the amount of games he’s played over the last twelve months.”
Cameron’s absence at the weekend meant that both Andy Wilkinson and Ryan Shotton returned to action after they had been sidelined with injury problems.
Their availability again, together with the imminent return of Marc Wilson, will give Pulis more options in an area of the team where City have been short of cover.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is another who is expected to come back for Premier League action, while Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch are among those in contention as well.
City will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after a difficult spell since their ten-match unbeaten run came to an end at Manchester City.
But Pulis has stressed his side will need the backing of the home crowd in order to overcome a Wigan side who could be considered to be the Potters’ bogey team.
“The players will be a bit disappointed because we’ve had some great runs in the FA Cup, but we now have get back on track in the League,” he commented.
“We need everyone’s help and we need to be focused because the Premier League is so important to us and we want to get to 40 points as quickly as we can.”
He added: “So we certainly need our supporters behind us for what will be a tough game. They’re a good side who have been something of a bogey team for us. We’ve played well for long periods in games against them, but not got what we deserved in terms of results.”